This course is made up of six classes and each class lasts 2 hours. Each class deals with a separate bit of anger, but as they all link together, it is important that you come to all six classes. However the first class aims to give a brief view of anger and offers emergency control strategies. By coming to the whole course you will get the whole picture.
During the course you will be given information about anger and how you may manage it. Keep the workbooks you get so that you can use them in future. It is okay to write in these workbooks. You will not be asked to show your comments to anyone. They are personal to you.
Week 1: About Anger
The aim of the first week is for you to be able to understand more about your own anger and how it works and factors which can make it worse. We will give you information about anger and what causes it as well as looking at preparing to change and thinking about goals for change. This class suggests emergency control strategies.
Week 2: Quick Control
In the second class we will talk about ways to help you manage your anger. We look at how to recognize the early warning signs of anger and quick ways of controlling your anger by looking in more detail at ideas from the first class.
Week 3: Strategies to Manage Anger
In the third class we continue to look at ways of managing anger, building on what you learned in week 2. We will talk about assertiveness, taking care of yourself and a number of other strategies, which you may find helpful.
Week 4: Relationships
In the fourth class we will look how to manage anger in relationships and to develop more helpful ways of communicating.
Week 5: Recognizing & Changing Unhelpful Thoughts
In the fifth class we will look at identifying and challenging unhelpful thoughts that trigger anger. We also consider ways to develop more helpful thoughts about situations that currently lead to anger.
Week 6: Challenges to Managing Anger
In the final class we will talk about factors that can make it hard to manage anger and ways of managing these challenges. We look at what might happen when you try to change your behavior and how to cope with setbacks and increase your chances of success!